(Adds details, no one seriously hurt)
WASHINGTON Jan 6 Two packages detonated in the
mailrooms of two Maryland state government buildings on
Thursday, but no one was seriously injured, officials said.
Investigators had yet to identify a suspect or make any
arrests, a Maryland state official said.
"Explosion may be too strong of a word. The packages were
smoldering. In one case there was a flare up," said the state
official, who asked not to be identified because Maryland State
Police was in charge of the investigation.
There were no serious injuries, though a few people were
examined by emergency medical technicians, the official said.
A federal law enforcement official said the packages
erupted into smoke and flames. No one was taken to the
One incident took place in the mailroom of the Maryland
Department of Transport facility in Hanover and the other in a
mail-handling facility in a state building in Annapolis next to
the Maryland State House.
Authorities evacuated about 125 people at the Jeffrey
Building and some 250 people from the Department of
Transportation building, the state official said.
(Reporting by Jon Hurdle, James Vicini and Anthony Boadle,
editing by Daniel Trotta and Sandra Maler)